Wednesday, November 16, 2016

John 6:22-40 – Jesus is the Bread of Life



Last time we saw multitudes of people following Jesus.  He performed a miracle by feeding over 5,000 people with only 2 loaves of bread and 2 fish.  Then we learned that Jesus told the disciple to get into the boat and go across the lake while He prayed on the mountain.  A storm came up and Jesus came to their rescue performing another miracle by walking on the water.  They invited Him into the boat and immediately they reached the shore on the other side of the lake.

The next day the people realized that they saw the disciples go out onto the lake, but didn’t see Jesus with them.  All of a sudden Jesus and the His disciples were on the other side of the lake.  They asked Jesus how He got there.  Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill.  Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.  On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval.”John 6:26-27.

The people were selfish and only thinking of getting their stomachs filled.  They wanted their physical needs met.  Sometime our attitudes are like that.  We think about what Jesus can do for us physically instead of eternally.  When we study our Bible, we should do so because we want to learn more about Jesus, to strengthen our relationship with Him, and to know His will for our lives.

Why do you seek Jesus?
Do you hunger for know Him?

Jesus uses the phrase, “I tell you the truth” 100 times in the Gospels.  It’s used to get their attention as well as ours.  It also shows emphasis and that we should listen carefully for what He is about to say.

The food that spoils is material things in life like money, new clothes, and anything that gives is self pleasures of this world.  It can even be good works which can be good for the moment, but is doesn’t satisfy forever.  Food that endures is spiritual food which endures to everlasting life.  It’s the understanding of Him and His Word.  It’s His love and presence.  It’s salvation.  Only He can give eternal satisfaction to us.

What are you filling up life with?
Do you feast on the good stuff that satisfies?

The “seal of approval” is the approval of God.  God send Jesus to earth for a purpose – to save people who believe in His son.  Matt. 3:17“This is my son whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”  Just as God sealed the Son, He seals those who believe for all eternity.

The people asked what WORKS must they do.  Jesus answered that the WORK of God is to believe in Jesus who was sent by God. (John 6:28-29) 

They wanted a list to follow so they could earn salvation.  They were all about rules and keeping the law itself.  “Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin.”Rom 3:20  “This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe.”Rom. 3:22  Good works does not save you.  “For it is by grace you have been saved through faith – and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”Eph 2:8-9.  If you have belief and faith in Jesus your faith will be seen in your actions.  To believe in Jesus you must believe that He died for your sins on the cross.  That makes you righteous with God’s eyes.

To believe is to be committed and to trust in Jesus – not just on Sunday and when things are going well, but every day.  We are to be committed in every area of our lives.

In John 6:30-32 they asked for a miraculous sign from Jesus so they would see and then believe.  Their forefathers received manna from heaven while in the desert.  Jesus said that God gave them the bread from heaven not Moses.  It is His Father who gives true bread from heaven.  “For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”John 6:33. 

The people wanted immediate satisfaction.  Some we are just like that today.  If we see, we will believe.   John 20:29 says, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

What is this manna they are talking about?  The Israelites were freed and Moses led them from Egyptian captivity and now they were in the desert.  In Exodus 16 they were complaining they would have been better off if they had stayed in Egypt.  At least there they had food to eat.  God heard their grumbling and complaining and gave the manna every day for 40 years.

Are you doing good works to earn your salvation?
Do you require a sign from God before you will believe?

They wanted this bread.  Jesus said, “I am the bread of life.  He who comes to me will never go hungry and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.”John 6:35.  He goes on to say that they have seen Him but still don’t believe.  He will never drive away those who come to Him.  Jesus has come from heaven to do His Father’s will not His own.  He will not lose anyone, but will raise them up on the last day.  Everyone who looks to the Son and believes will have eternal life. (John 6:35-40)

They wanted something from Him, but He offered them Himself.  They already had it.  They just had to receive it.  The word “come” is the same as believe.  Jesus says 3 times, “I am the bread of life”. (John 6:35, 48, 51)  To have Jesus is to have it all – to have eternal life.

We don’t come to Him unless He draws us to Himself.  This is called election.  We are a gift to the Son.  God initiates and we respond by grace and then we pursue Him and not what the world has to offer.  He knows in advance who will come to Him, but we must decide and choose Him ourselves.  He promises when He returns to raise us up on the last day. (John 6:37-39)

Do you have the Bread of Life?

Principles:
The hunger of our hearts can only be satisfied by believing, receiving and pursuing Jesus.
Jesus is worthy of our pursuit.
Jesus is the only way to avoid judgment and to live eternal life.
Only faith in Jesus Christ gives lasting satisfaction and security.
The true Bread of Life is the Lord Jesus Christ.

Will you make Him a daily priority?

Next week we will study the rest of John 6.  Have a blessed day and thanks for visiting my site.  Hope to see you here next time.
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